Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER: A Statewide Summit on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education
The University System of Maryland's (USM) William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, MarylandOnline, and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) co-sponsored a day-long summit that brought together over 500 faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and administrators from across Maryland’s higher education institutions to explore the promise of using open educational resources (OER) to replace costly textbooks with affordable, high-quality learning materials while giving instructors the opportunity to repurpose content to meet their students’ needs. Attendees from across Maryland's 2- and 4-year higher education institutions joined Advancing Postsecondary Student Success Through OER: A Statewide Symposium on Open Educational Resources to discuss accessibility and quality issues, learn about the impact on student cost-savings, access and success, develop strategies to support OER scaling, and participate in interactive workshops. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, and David Wiley, Co-founder & Chief Academic Officer at Lumen Learning, joined the Summit to discuss the changing landscape of OER.
Special thanks to our partners Achieving the Dream, Lumen Learning, and Quality Matters.
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20783
December 8, 2017
REGISTRATION AND POSTER SHOWCASE SESSION (WITH LIGHT BREAKFAST)
8:00 - 8:45 am
Learn from colleagues across two- and four-year Maryland public higher education institutions who have successfully adopted, adapted, created, and advanced OER at their institutions.
8:45 - 9:00 am
MJ Bishop, Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland (USM)
Javier Miyares, President, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
Wendy Gilbert, Executive Director, MarylandOnline
9:00 - 9:10 am
James C. Rosapepe, Maryland State Senator, introduced by Joann A. Boughman, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, USM
9:10 - 10:20 am
The Changing Landscape of OER in Higher Education | Cable Green, Director of Open Education, Creative Commons and David Wiley, Co-founder & Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
What would it mean for open education to transition from a movement championed by small pockets of faculty, staff, and administrators to the mainstream? What if teaching and learning content, practices and policy were open across whole departments, institutions, and systems? In this keynote address, Cable Green and David Wiley will discuss the evolution of open education; its impact on students, faculty and institutions; and its potential to fundamentally change the way we think about student learning, pedagogy, sharing, ownership and control, and public funding.
Resources: C. Green and D. Denecke PPT
BREAK AND COFFEE
10:20 - 10:35 am
Posters will be available for viewing throughout the Summit.
10:35 - 11:25 am
OER 101 | Cable Green, Director of Open Education, Creative Commons and Laureece Hymes, Digital Rights Manager, Learning Design & Solutions, UMUC
For those new to OER, this session will cover definitions, understanding copyright, the public domain, and open licensing. It will also highlight lessons learned from UMUC’s Open Educational Resources initiative, which removed textbooks from all undergraduate and graduate courses.
OER Research & Evaluation | Rebecca Griffiths, Senior Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International; Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist, Boise State University; and Richard Sebastian, Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
One of the core benefits of OER is cost-savings to students, but what other benefits do students - and others - gain from engaging with OER? This session will highlight national efforts to assess the impact of OER on student access, affordability, achievement outcomes, and costs, and discuss strategies for assessing impact that can be applied to local contexts.
OER Quality | Christine Voelker, K-12 Program Director, Quality Matters and Jack Boeve, Senior Content Curator, UMUC
Among the first concerns raised in OER initiatives relates to the quality of the materials being adopted, adapted, and/or created. In this session, panelists will discuss faculty and student perceptions of OER quality and progress toward implementing OER within a quality assurance framework.
OER Equity | Francesca Carpenter, Associate Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream, and Shirley Leyro, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Daphnie Sicre, Assistant Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Program, both of Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
This session will examine student equity issues that OER addresses as well as equity issues that OER introduces. While benefits include increasing affordability and access to course materials, there is the potential for introducing bias and exacerbating digital divides through the use of OER. Join the presenters in delineating strategies for enhancing equity-promoting qualities of OER.
OER Accessibility | Emily Medina, Director, Learning Solutions Group, UMUC; Amy Mason, Access Technology Specialist, National Federation for the Blind; and Karen Rege, Director for eLearning and Instructional Resources, Harford Community College
A critical feature of the OER movement is a commitment to accessibility for diverse learners, but what does that mean in practice? This panel will lay out common challenges related to creating accessible OER as well as lessons learned from working through these challenges effectively.
OER Stories, Part I
In this session, faculty and staff will present their “OER stories,” detailing efforts to adopt and scale OER through fast-paced, structured presentations accompanied by audience Q&A.
Increasing Affordability in General Psychology | Katrina Kardiasmenos, Associate Professor of Psychology, Bowie State University
OERs: Why, Results, Pros, and Cons | Scott Saunders, Associate Dean, Mathematics and Engineering, Baltimore City Community College
Successful OER Adoption in a Business Curriculum | MaryBeth Furst, Professor of Business, Howard Community College
Scaling OER in College Algebra | Deborah Wiles Devlin, Lecturer, Mathematics Department, Frostburg State University
“Reply Hazy, Try Again Later”: A SWOT Analysis of OER | Elizabeth Irtenkauf, Collection Development Coordinator and Jean Boggs, Reference & Instruction Librarian, both of Community College of Baltimore County
HowardOpen: A Central Structure for Advancing OER Implementation Through Faculty Support | David Buck, Professor of English, Eric Belt, Assistant Director, eLearning, and Nana Owusu, Director, Library and Learning Commons, all of Howard Community College
11:25 - 11:40 am
11:40 am - 12:30 pm
The OER 101, OER Research & Evaluation, OER Quality, OER Equity, and OER Accessibility sessions will repeat during this time block. OER Stories, Part II will feature new insights and lessons learned related to adopting, adapting, creating, and scaling OER.
OER Stories, Part II
Student Engagement and Experiential Learning Using Open Educational Resources in Psychology | Katherine Cameron, Associate Professor of Psychology and Julie Manley, Professor of Psychology, both of Coppin State University
Increasing Student Engagement Using OER in Developmental English Courses | Karen Kyger, Associate Professor of English and Sarah Johnson, Assistant Professor of English, both of Howard Community College
Library Support of Science Courses: Working Outside the Box with OERs | Susan Brazer, Science Research and Instruction Librarian, Salisbury University
Curation and Design of Composition OER: Building a Course Template and Accessibility Compliance Tool | David Buck, Professor of English and Eric Belt, Assistant Director, eLearning, both of Howard Community College
Faculty Professional Development for Institution-wide OER Adoption | Jessica Young, Assistant Director of Distributed Learning, Frederick Community College
Creating, Maintaining, and Hosting OER in Introduction to Psychology: Seven Years Later | Scott Roberts, Director of Instructional Excellence & Innovation, Teaching & Learning Transformation Center, University of Maryland, College Park
LUNCH AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Join colleagues from across the state in networking around topics of common interest. Topics will be listed on table stands.
1:30 - 1:40 pm
INTERACTIVE OER WORKSHOPS
1:40 - 2:50 pm
Through a combination of presentations, demos, table discussions, and Q&A, participants will learn about strategies, resources, and tools to adopt and adapt existing OER or create new OER content. These interactive workshops are targeted by attendee role: faculty in “meta” disciplines, library staff, and instructional designers.
Faculty Workshop I: Arts & Humanities | David Buck, Professor of English, Howard Community College; Bonni Miller, Interim Director of Instructional Technology & Online Learning and Lecturer in English and Modern Languages, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and Alyson “Indy” Indrunas, Director, Teaching & Learning, Lumen Learning; moderated by Diana Zilberman, Associate Dean, Academic Resources, Baltimore City Community College
For faculty in communications, creative writing, English, first year seminar, geography, history, journalism, linguistics, literature, media studies, performing arts, philosophy, theology, and visual arts.
Faculty Workshop II: Social Sciences, Education and Business | Anjula Batra, Professor of Business, Howard Community College; Katrina Kardiasmenos, Associate Professor of Psychology, Bowie State University; and Jamison Miller, Director, Teaching & Learning, Lumen Learning; moderated by Jürgen Hilke, Executive Director, The Center for Distributed Learning, Frederick Community College
For faculty in accounting, anthropology, business, economics, education, law, marketing, political science, public safety, psychology, social work, and sociology.
Faculty Workshop III: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math | Jesse Kiefner, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Community College of Baltimore County; Deborah Devlin, Lecturer, Mathematics, Frostburg State University; and Josh Baron, Executive Director, Northeast, Lumen Learning; moderated by Buddy Muse, Jr., Associate Director, Distance Learning, Montgomery College
For faculty in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, information sciences and technology, mathematics, medicine and health sciences, physics, space sciences, and statistics.
Library Staff Workshop | Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, Office of Library and Information Services, State University of New York System Administration; Ann Fiddler, Open Education Librarian, City University of New York; and Emily Medina, Director, Learning Solutions Group and Laureece Hymes, Digital Rights Manager, both of University of Maryland University College
Instructional Designers Workshop | Rob Coyle, Learning Design Manager and Caroline Egan, Learning Design Manager, both of University of Maryland University College; and Karen Rege, Director for eLearning and Instructional Resources, Harford Community College
2:50 - 3:05 pm
3:05 - 4:00 pm
Next Steps: Implementing, Scaling, and Sustaining OER at Our Institutions | MJ Bishop, Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, USM and Julie Porosky Hamlin, Director, MarylandOnline
After a day of learning about the evolving landscape of OER and digging into OER by institutional roles, the closing plenary will allow institutional teams the opportunity to move the conversation to next steps. Where are we along the continuum of OER adoption? What myriad costs are associated with implementing OER? What kinds of support will we need to move forward?
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Cable Green is the Director of Open Education at Creative Commons and works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to high-quality, affordable education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain all the education they desire. He is a leading advocate for open licensing policies that ensure publicly funded education materials are freely and openly available to the public that paid for them.
Dr. Green has 20 years of experience in academic technology, online learning, and open education and helped establish the Open Course Library. He earned a PhD in educational psychology from Ohio State University, and enjoys motorcycling and playing in the mountains with his family. He lives in Olympia, WA with his wife and two boys.
David Wiley is co-founder and chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success, broadening access and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources. Previously, Dr. Wiley was an Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Instructional Technology at Utah State University. He has received numerous recognitions including an NSF CAREER grant, appointments as Education Fellow at Creative Commons, Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and Shuttleworth Fellow. As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Wiley founded or co-founded Lumen Learning, Degreed, and Mountain Heights Academy. In 2009, Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. He holds a PhD in Instructional Psychology & Technology from Brigham Young University.